Onshore work kicks in for Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Apr 2018

Enabling works for a second huge onshore substation for the second Hornsea offshore wind farm are underway.

With the first £25 million investment almost ready for Project One, initial efforts are starting now for Project Two, with construction proper anticipated by late summer 2018.

Jason Ledden, who had led on Race Bank locally, will be steering the project forward, as it surpasses its predecessor to become the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

Hornsea Project One, at 1.2GW is now being built, with cables laid and the monopile foundation and transition pieces being installed, as reported. This week has also seen the first jacket installation, below, the first of four to be installed, will support a massive 2,800-tonne structure, known as a “topside”, to form an offshore substation.

Hornsea Project Two is lined up to follow, with 174 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines. It has brought costs right down, wowing when it won the Government support at a price-halving £57.50 last September, following which it was given immediate financial sign-off from Copenhagen, and will again be operated and maintained from Grimsby’s East Coast Hub on Royal Dock.     

The onshore cable route will broadly follow the route taken for Project One, roughly skirting North East Lincolnshire from landfall at Horseshoe Point to North Killingholme’s National Grid connection. 

Minor deviations along the route have been envisaged, with a series of events next spring to ensure residents are fully aware of the plans.

A spokesperson for Orsted said: “We are pleased to have awarded Balfour Beatty the contract for enabling works for Hornsea Project Two onshore substation to ensure the site preparation is underway in good time, avoiding future schedule pressures. The main contract for onshore substation works is planned to be awarded later in 2018.”

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